Till Death Do Us Part?!: Online Mediation as an Answer to Divorce Cases Involving Violence

January 27, 2015

“Till death do us part”—is a phrase that probably represents the wish of most married couples. However, statistically speaking, almost half of all marriages end in divorce. A sizable number of
divorces involve the parameter of violence. Behind the figures, there are always human beings, the victims of violence, who endure suffering, fear, and palpable danger on a daily, even hourly
basis. For them, the possibility of a real option that is accessible, helpful, and effective in putting an end to the destructive relationship is a true necessity, so that the expression “till death
do us part” does not become a chilling reality.
The Internet has great potential and several years of experience in resolving disputes between parties, including those in divorce cases. Through an examination of the advantages, disadvantages and ways of coping with them, this Article explores
the possibility of applying the model of online mediation, as an upgraded version of traditional mediation. This improvement should eliminate the fundamental disadvantages of traditional
mediation, offer independent and unique advantages of its own and thereby serve as a real aid and provide a less painful solution for disputes of this type. This trend towards a continued search for
human solutions and more appropriate processes for divorce cases involving violence in order to reduce to a minimum the painful experiences of the victims and their children is incredibly
important. This Article delves more deeply into e-mediation, as an additional solution for victims in divorce cases involving violence.